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WIND-STORM: A Decision Support System for the Strategic Management of Windthrow Crises by the Forest Community

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Laboratory of Wood Technology, Public Service of Wallonia, Avenue Maréchal Juin 23, Gembloux 5030, Belgium
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Unit of Forest Resources Management, Department Biosystem Engineering (BIOSE), University of Liège—Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Passage des Déportés 2, Gembloux 5030, Belgium
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Academic Editors: Jean-Claude Ruel and Eric J. Jokela
Forests 2015, 6(10), 3412-3432; https://doi.org/10.3390/f6103412
Received: 16 July 2015 / Revised: 27 August 2015 / Accepted: 21 September 2015 / Published: 29 September 2015
Storms are one of the most damaging agents for European forests and can cause huge and long-term economic impacts on the forest sector. Recent events and research haves contributed to a better understanding and management of destructive storms, but public authorities still lack appropriate decision-support tools for evaluating their strategic decisions in the aftermath of a storm. This paper presents a decision support system (DSS) that compares changes in the dynamics of the regional forest-based sector after storm events under various crisis management options. First, the development and implementation of a regional forest model is addressed; then, the potential application of the model-based DSS WIND-STORM is illustrated. The results of simulated scenarios reveal that this DSS type is useful for designing a cost-effective regional strategy for storm-damage management in the context of scarce public resources and that public strategies must encompass the whole forest-based sector to be efficient. Additional benefits of such a DSS is to bring together decision-makers and forest stakeholders for a common objective and therefore to enhance participatory approaches to crisis management. View Full-Text
Keywords: wind damage; crisis management; model; decision support system (DSS) wind damage; crisis management; model; decision support system (DSS)
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Riguelle, S.; Hébert, J.; Jourez, B. WIND-STORM: A Decision Support System for the Strategic Management of Windthrow Crises by the Forest Community. Forests 2015, 6, 3412-3432.

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